Welcome / E komo mai

Welcome to the website and travel blog for the 2017 University of Hawai’i Manoa TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars. In March 2017, we will travel to Tokyo and Fukuoka to learn about Japanese culture and promote the U.S.-Japan relationship.

The TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars Program is a unique week-long exchange that provides a total of 200 American and Japanese university students (100 American and 100 Japanese) an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures.  Four selected universities in the United States will be paired with a partner Japanese university to facilitate the exchanges.

These exchanges are part of the broader Government of Japan’s KAKEHASHI Project which seeks to:

1. Promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States

2. Enable future leaders of U.S.-Japan exchanges to form networks, and

3. Help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.

To honor the life and legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars exchanges were announced on May 28, 2013 by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the U.S.-Japan Council’s Symposium in Tokyo.  A unique feature of the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars Program is that it offers participants an opportunity to learn about Senator Daniel K. Inouye. A portion of the activities during the exchange will introduce scholars to Senator Inouye’s contributions to his state, country, heritage, and to the U.S.-Japan relationship, and to return to their schools inspired by his commitment to public service, justice, and U.S.-Japan cooperation.